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Virginia-Bred Stakes Winner Largent Is Second Favorite in Saturday’s $1 Million Pegasus World Cup Turf

Virginia-bred Largent, winner of the Edward P. Evans stakes last summer at Colonial Downs, will compete in Saturday’s (January 23) prestigious Grade I, Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes, which has a purse of $1 Million. The stakes will be held on the same card as the $3 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and five additional graded stakes at Miami’s Gulfstream Park.

Largent (#1) en route to a tight victory in the Bert Allen Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue.

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Central Virginia Horse Farms Continue to Thrive In Cold Weather Months

Here are pictures from a recent tour of thoroughbred horse farms in Central Virginia while checking on horses in the VTA’s lucrative Certified Residency program. Meet the farm owners below and check out their surroundings. This trip was made on a recent January day, probably the coldest of the season so far. The farms are located in Free Union (Ruxton Farm), Charlottesville (Big Lick Farm), Crozet (Braeburn Training Center), Somerset, New Canton (Southwoods Farm) and Palmyra (Byrd Hill Farm). A… Continue reading

‘Favorable Setup’ Allows Virginia-Bred Bella Aurora To Prevail In Aqueduct’s Interborough Stakes

by  | 01.18.2021 | 5:06pm

Congratulations to Virginia-Bred Bella Aurora, who won the $100,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct on January 18 after being sent off at odds of 37-1! The 4-year-old Carpe Diem filly was bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm and got her second stakes victory — she previously won the 2019 Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel. Overall, she has earnings of $223,140 from 12  career starts and four wins. The following recap appeared in… Continue reading

Virginia-Certified Street Lute, Virginia-Bred Kenny Had a Notion, Both Win Laurel Stakes

Congratulations to Virginia-Certified Street Lute and Virginia-Bred Kenny Had a Notion, who both had $100,000 stakes wins at Laurel on January 16! The former collected her 6th win from 7 career starts — and 4th stakes win in a row — while the latter earned his 4th win from 7 starts. Three-year-old Street Lute, whose Virginia residency was spent at at Diana McClure’s DMC Carousel Racing Stable in Berryville, increased her bankroll to $350,000 by winning the Xtra Heat Stakes.… Continue reading

2020 Online Betting Handle On Horse Racing In Virginia Rose 56% Over Prior Year

Handle figures from Virginia’s four partner Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) companies — TVG, Xpressbet, Twinspires and NYRABets — began to grow markedly in early spring then continued to surge throughout the rest of the year as more tracks came on board.… Continue reading

2020 Virginia Breeders Fund Awards Pay 40% For Wins at Tracks in North America

Virginia-bred Largent’s three stakes and two allowance wins in 2020 triggered an $81,738 Virginia Breeders Fund bonus award for Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville, tops among any horse and breeding farm in the Commonwealth. Virginia Breeders awards took a big step forward in 2020, averaging 40% of each winning purse at tracks across North America compared with 22% in 2019.

“I’m extremely excited that the Virginia breeders are starting to reap the rewards from the growing revenue streams we have… Continue reading

Virginia Racing Continues To Move Forward — Newest Rosie’s Gaming Emporium Opened In Dumfries January 8

Dumfries, VA – January 8, 2021 – At a ceremonial outdoor and socially distanced ribbon cutting, Colonial Downs Group announced today that Rosie’s Gaming Emporium is now open in Dumfries, Va. Rosie’s, located in the Triangle Shopping Plaza convenient to Interstate 95, features 150 slots-like gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurant and bar.

Colonial Downs Group officials joined dignitaries from Dumfries in a ribbon cutting January 8.

At the event, Rosie’s displayed its commitment to community by donating $76,500 to… Continue reading

Four VA-Certified Horses From Ingleside Training Win On New Years Week

The last few days of 2020 and first few of 2021 saw a total of 17 Virginia-Certified horses reach the winners circle, including four that spent their six-month residency in the Commonwealth at Woodbery Payne’s Ingleside Training Center in Montpelier Station — War Tocsin, My My Girl, Left Leaning Lucy and Oh My Papa.

War Tocsin captured a seven-furlong, $40,000 allowance race at Parx December 30 while pushing his career bankroll to $135,043. The 5-year-old Violence gelding, a Kentucky-bred, is… Continue reading

2021 Point-to-Point Dates, Sanctioned Steeplechase Meet Dates & More

It may only be January, but we are thinking spring! The Virginia Point-to-Point racing season schedule is available now at centralentryoffice.com as is the list of National Steeplechase Association (NSA) sanctioned meets that will be held in the Commonwealth.

Curve of Stones with Barry Foley won the 2020 International Gold Cup. Photo by Douglas Lees.

The season kicks off Saturday March 6 with the Rappahannock Hunt and continues with events every weekend through the end of April. Respective Point-to-Point… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Boldor Rallies From Last To Capture Sam’s Town Stakes Jan. 4 At Delta

Congratulations to Virginia-bred Boldor, who kicked off 2021 with a come from behind win at Delta Downs in the Sam’s Town Stakes January 4. The 5-year-old Munnings gelding won for the fourth time and pushed his career bankroll to $245,197. Bred by Carlos Moore and Gillian Gordon-Moore, Boldor won the 2019 Punch Line Stakes at Colonial Downs. The following piece appeared in The Paulick Report.  

Delta Downs hosted the $60,000 Sam’s Town Stakes on Monday afternoon and it… Continue reading